What Is Oxycodone?

Many people want to know what oxycodone is. Oxycodone hydrochloride is an opioid pain reliever. It is an active ingredient in many different prescription medications. It is available by itself (in both short- and long-acting products) or in combination with other active ingredients.
Although most people do not experience problems with this drug, oxycodone can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include drowsiness, nausea, and headaches. Before starting treatment with oxycodone, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
Oxycodone medications come in tablet, capsule, liquid, or extended-release tablet forms. Oxycodone is available by itself or in combination with other pain medications. The particular directions for each product can vary substantially, so make sure to refer to the information for your specific oxycodone medication.
(Click Oxycodone for a more in-depth look at oxycodone, including information on how this pain medication works and detailed information on its effects, potential side effects, and general precautions.)
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